The Art of Tea – or should we say Medicine of Tea?

January 17, 2018

In Winnie the Pooh, much discussion was held over tea, Peter Rabbit was given chamomile tea after his adventures in Mr McGregor’s garden and the Mad Hatter had strong opinions in Alice in Wonderland. 

Tea and the ceremony of tea has been around for centuries, and more recently, the enjoyment of tea has been gaining momentum both with fashionable new shops, tea blends and beautiful ceramics, turning tea into an art.

Although many people are more accustomed to a quick cuppa, “Rooibos or normal” and adding their required milk and sugar, there is a world of tea, herbal infusions and tisanes that can be made with an extensive range of health benefits.

 

 

In my time since establishing the Oh So Prettea range of Rooibos tea blends, I have learned an incredible amount about the health benefits of herbs and spices and different tea leaves. 

Buchu for one has been the most remarkable discovery.  With its distinct minty, herby aroma, it is an oily leafed plant forming part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and was used by the indigenous Khoisan for centuries who believed it to be an elixir of youth.  Buchu is also used in traditional medicine for treating ailments including arthritis, flatulence and urinary infections and has potent natural anti-inflammatory properties, anti-infective, antifungal and antibacterial properties enabling it to act as a natural antibiotic with no side effects. Buchu also contains naturally occurring antioxidants and bioflavonoids and is reported to help with hangovers! 

 

Chamomile is another highly beneficial ingredient in tea, known especially for its calming qualities. Chamomile tea can help with diabetes, it is an anti-bacterial, soothes stomach ache and promotes healthy skin and hair.   The Oh So Prettea range uses Chamomile flowers in our Myrtle’s Floral Blend and the pollen in Stella’s Health Blend.  We also sell the plain flowers and pollen to a few Montagu Locals.

 

Ginger is another popular ingredient in teas and we include it in our Stella’s Health Blend which gives the tea a distinct aroma. Tea made from ginger has high levels of vitamin C and amino acids, as well as various trace elements such as calcium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, and many others.  Drinking ginger in tea can help the body absorb nutrients, alleviate stomach pain, help with irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss, manage glucose levels, improve circulation and food digestion.

 

My dream one day is to have the knowledge (and extensive selection of growing herbs) of the likes of Bridget Kitley and the late Margaret Roberts and be able to help people with a specific herb based tea based on their needs, be it stomach ailments, colds and flu, immunity building or easing arthritis, amongst others.

 

Come and visit the Oh So Prettea stand at the Montagu Village Market every Saturday to chat more about tea, herbal infusions and the art of tea!  Or contact me through this website or on info@ohsoprettea.co.za.

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